Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
Remarkable Rocks are on every Postcard and every show on Kangaroo Island. I have seen their photos many times, so I was looking forward to seeing them "in the flesh," so to speak!
I never realized just how huge these granite boulders were. I had to stand beside one to get the height into perspective.
They really were amazing, a MUST SEE if you come to Kangaroo Island.
These wind sculptured rocks sit precariously on a large piece of granite near the Ocean. They are thought to be over 500 million years old. I loved the golden orange lichen covering many of the rocks even though it didn't stand out as much as it would have earlier in the day when it was sunny. I was still very happy with what I saw!
It was great fun exploring all the nooks and crannies of these giant rocks, and looking at them from different angles.
I loved them!
What gives this area its name is a collection of huge, huge boulders that sit on a high outcropping from the headland not too far from Admiral's Arch.
The boulders have been weathered into eerie shapes, and they have patches of orange lichen on the lee sides to give them an even more outer-space-rock kind of appearance.
Most photos of this place will show a formation that looks like an eagle's beak. Another formation looks (to me) like a cute pig face with floppy little ears, yet another might be a dolphin at play. They challenge you to find as many "animals" in the rocks as you can. What do you think the formation in the picture here looks like? Maybe an echidna with it's beak-like mouth.....
Flinders Chase National Park, occupies the western end of the island. It is one of So. Australia's best national park.
A lot of it is mallee scrub but there are also some sugar-gum trees.
The coastal road is spectacular and leads to the Amazing Rocks.
The Remarkable Rocks are part of Flinders Chase National Park. At this spot on the Southwestern coast of the island, granite boulders have appeared out of nowhere, like giant bubbles rising from deep in the ground. Geologists will have a scientific explanation for their existence, whatever it may be. Wind and erosion have turned them into fantastic sculptures that ignite everyone's imagination. Lichens give them their characteristic reddish colour.
The rocks are situated more or less on the cliff's edge. There is no railing. The flat parts are safe but the rock becomes steeper and steeper towards the cliff (photo 2). Moisture and lichens may make them slippery. Take care where you walk, don't go too far down.
More photos in my Remarkable Rocks travelogue
The name isn't an exaggeration, from a distance it looks like a monument of some kind, like a stonehenge built along the coast. The first Europeans to sight it must have thought it was some kind of ancient religious relic. Up close they are remarkable in a different way, testaments to the forces of erosion upon different types of rock. The big rocks didn't seem to be attatched to the ground, having visible gaps underneath.
Be advised that getting a shot without people standing in the way may be difficult, or perhaps impossible in the busiest parts of the day.
This rock formation was clearly visible as the bus approached but their extraordinary weathering deserved closer inspection.
Easily approached by a bitumen path.
The 'long drop' (pit) toilets are really only for urgent use.
Interpretive signs pointed out the tracks of diiferent animals, and several wallabies were seen in bushes near the path.
Remember to keep a firm hold of young children: it's a long fall to the beach, and don't climb down to the beach as there is a high danger of being washed out by unpredictable waves.
These granite boulders have been sculpted by time and weather. There is a long boardwalk leading out to the rocks. From the dome where they sit it is 75m straight down to the sea. These are indeed Remarkable Rocks.
´The Remarkable Rocks are a spectacular rock formation created over thousands of years.
They look quite funny in the landscape since there is nothing similiar around. On a stone "plateau" lie the rocks, grinded by the wind and sand and broken apart.
They make some interesting shapes. One looks like the beak of an eagle.
These rocks are exactly as the name describes them 'remarkable'. They seem to appear out of no where, at the oceans edge. Obey the signs and don't go too close to the water, as a couple years ago 2 people died in an incident here, freakish waves splashed up and dragged them into the ocean. Like anywhere else, come early and try and beat the tourists buses that stop here.
A favourite stop on the Kangaroo Island tourist circuit is the Remarkable Rocks - a collection of rocks which have been naturally eroded into into a bizarre assortment of shapes.
Our favourite was the rock with the tv screen like hole in it. How many people can you get inside?
This is located at Kirkpatrick Point, near Cape du Couedic. The Remarkable Rocks are made of granite and are sculpted by wind, rain and waves. They are standing on a 75 m high dome above the sea. It's very nice to walk around to see the strangely shaped boulders and admire the beautiful view.
Remarkable Rocks are a group of remarkable rocks. No surprises there. They are perched above the sea and have formed over millions of years of erosion from the coastal winds. There is a board walk leading to the rocks and you could spend 20 minutes climbing on them.
WARNING - people do die from falling of the rocks on the water slide. It appears safe, but slime develops on the rocks, and coupled with the strong winds, can be very dangerous. Keep an eye on the kids as the rocks are not roped off.
Park your vehicle, Take a short walk along the board walk to this cluster of huge, weather sculptured granite boulders sitting on a granite dome that swoops 75m to the sea.
These formations are called the Remarkable Rocks. Similar ones can be found not far away on Victor Harbour's Granite Island.
A larger group, split by erosion in remarkable form rocks on a cliff above the ocean in the Flinders Chase National Park.The exposed rocks are nothing but remarkable in size and shape.